Nanostructured materials are materials whose structural elements such as atomic clusters, crystallites or molecules have dimensions in the range of 1 to 100 nm. These materials reveal unique electrical, optical, and magnetic properties that are easily tunable through controlling their size and their morphology. They permit applications that are impossible to realize otherwise. Self-assembly is a process in which organization of colloidal, macromolecular, or supramolecular units into the desired system occurs through physicochemical pathways or assisted by biomolecules to promote molecular selectivity and specificity.

Current research is focused mainly on the combination of macromolecular self-assembly and nanostructured materials for electronic, photonic and biological applications.

Selected publications

Segregation into domains observed in liquid crystal phases: comparison of experimental and theoretical data
H Amenitsch, C Bombelli, S Borocci, R Caminiti, F Ceccacci, C La Mesa, ...
Soft Matter 7 (7), 3392-3403, 2011

DPD Simulations of PMMA‚ÄźOleic Acid Mixture Behaviour in Organic Capped Nanoparticle Based Polymer Nanocomposite
E Bianchino, S Piotto, F Mavelli, ML Curri, M Striccoli
Macromolecular symposia 286 (1), 156-163, 2009

Computer Simulations of Natural and Synthetic Polymers in Confined Systems
S Piotto, S Concilio, F Mavelli, P Iannelli
Macromolecular symposia 286 (1), 25-33, 2009

CURVIS: a program to study and analyse crystallographic structures and phase transitions
S Piotto, R Nesper
Journal of applied crystallography 38 (1), 223-227, 2005

Monte Carlo simulations of vesicles and fluid membranes transformations
S Piotto, F Mavelli
Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere 34 (1-2), 225-235, 2004